The last time I interviewed Vic Gundotra was six years ago when he was still the leader of Google's not yet ghost town of a social network Google+ and he was like Google y as you would expect how amazing and amazing it should be.
Until today, and Gundotra is now CEO of Health Care Startup AliveCor, and he is no less eloquent about his new company's emotional task and purpose of the work. That includes things that make it possible to use a smartphone to take an electrocardiogram.
You can see where this is going. "Apple does not like to admit that they are copying anyone, even in the smallest things," Gundotra Business Insider told after Apple's unveiling of Watch Series 4 Wednesday. During the incident, Apple obviously made a big deal about the ability to use the watch to take an electrocardiogram reading. There is a new sensor that lets you use the watch to tell if you have a normal or irregular heartbeat, among many other health functions.
"It was amazing, it was like we were on stage with the thing we've been doing for 7 years," Gundotra BI told. He referred to, according to the news site, "AliveCor's product for detecting atrial fibrillation (AFib), a difficult heart disorder that manifests itself as an irregular, often rapid heart rate that can lead to poor circulation."
His startup employs nearly 50 people and makes ECG test devices and software, as well as an FDA-approved Apple Watch band and another version of the tape attached to a smartphone.
During the Wednesday incident, Apple claimed the new clock will represent the first "over-the-counter" consumer ECG testing device. That was the part Gundotra seemed to contradict, but CNBC reporter Chrissy Farr shared some useful context via Twitter:
Then you go. It is not unclear, meanwhile, the difference in pricing between the two companies' products. Apple Watch 4 starts at $ 399, while AliveCor's hardware starts at $ 300 less than that.
In his BI interview, Gundotra AliveCor describes as being comparable to a really great restaurant in a kind of out-of-the-way area of the city. With what Apple does with the new clock, it's like "someone just opened a giant restaurant right next to us, giving much more attention."